by Bruce Hallenbeck
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Between 1960 and 1964, the legendary Roger Corman created eight motion pictures that have become known as the “Poe Cycle,” elevating the careers of both himself and Vincent Price to cult status around the world. Nearly half a century later these films are staples in most DVD collections of anyone who admires the cinema of the Fantastic. These films introduced the works of Poe to an whole new generation.
Poe Pictures – The Film Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe is the long-awaited book that details and analyses these highly important films, and explains the influence Poe has had on cinema – reaching beyond Corman . Poe Pictures – The Film Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe will include:
- Fully illustrated with many images from the films
- Includes perspectives from many who have worked on these classic films.
- Detailed analysis of the importance of each film
- A full evaluation of the legacy of these classics
- Insights into where Poe ends and cinematic liberties begin
Bruce Hallenbeck has fashioned a film by film analysis of Poe-inspired films, including Corman’s classic AIP series. The unique insights into the literary/cinematic landscape of Poe now culminates in Poe Pictures – The Film Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.
Poe Pictures – The Film Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe is the required reading for both aficionados of these films and also those wishing to pursue a more serious study of Poe’s influence on the cinema. These films have never left the imagination of the generation that grew up watching them.
“Chris and I liked just any horror movie, but our faves were the string of American-International films, mostly directed by Roger Corman …. Chris and I had our own name for these films, one that made them into a separate genre. There were westerns, there were love stories … and there were Poepictures”
Stephen King in his memoir ON WRITING (2000)